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Monday links

  • Intriguing DIY all-terrain cart/carrier. (H/T MJR)
  • Drawing — by hand, even doodling — enhances memory and other cognitive functions.
  • Remember last week’s remotely hacked Jeep? Chrysler has now recalled … well, basically every car it’s made lately. No need to take your auto to the shop, though: just wait for the USB stick or download the software. OTOH, given the company’s record of mishandling recalls, don’t be too optimistic.
  • New micro device delivers drugs directly to the brain. Not my brain, buddy!
  • “Don’t Blame Trump; Blame America.” Once you get past the offensive title there’s a lot to agree with. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
  • And yes, the SJWs have gone completely around the bend. Latest target: Dante. The Divine Comedy, one of the great classics of literature*, is no longer fit to be taught in schools because Dante Alighieri, who lived 800 years ago, failed to hold approved modern opinions. Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate indeed!

* Which I once read in the original Italian. Not that I’m bragging or anything. Couldn’t do it today and even then I had to have an Italian dictionary at hand, not to mention a guide to the characters (oddly enough, hell turns out to be largely populated by medieval Italians, many of them Dante’s political enemies). I also skipped most of the Purgatorio and the Paradiso. Nobody, not even Dante, has ever come up with a description of heaven that isn’t a total snooze. The gruesome Inferno is the only part anybody cares about. It may be Great Literature, but entertainmentwise, it’s the medieval equivalent of a slasher flick.


  1. david
    david July 27, 2015 5:04 am

    That Armadillo looks to me like a lot of gear to carry around just to carry your gear around. But it is, as you said, intriguing. I’ll have to look at it some more to see if I can make it ‘work’ for me somehow.My problem is that I’m more or less a minimalist. I think that to survive I need a knife, tomahawk, fire making stuff and water purification – anything more is non-essential convenience. (Not that that’s a bad thing to have, and I do carry more myself. I’m just constantly trying to whittle down my ‘needs’ list.) I just don’t think packing along the Armadillo with all it’s features will leave much carrying ability – space or weight-wise – for anything else.

    OTOH, it looks great for a day trip to the beach or a weekend camping trip someplace with cleared and relatively easy trails. And I kind of like the ‘hard-shell’ aspect for the outside of a pack….

  2. david
    david July 27, 2015 6:16 am

    It pretty much figures that the source of a desire to censor Dante would be a UN advisory committee. Isn’t the UN the folks who intend to bring peace between nations, by enslaving the entire world to a central government and eliminating the concept of ‘nation’ entirely? Aren’t they they folks who want us all reduced to the same living standard around the planet and jammed into rat-condo urban control centers? I’ve never yet understood what the “UN” letters mean – Unholy, to be sure, but unholy WHAT? Nihilism?

  3. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty July 27, 2015 6:56 am

    “Latest target: Dante.”

    Not sure just how many “schools” still offer study of such things, but one presumes this won’t affect home and private schools – at least not yet.

    But I had to laugh when I considered all of the other classics I studied in school, and since. These folks truly have their work cut out for them if they want to “ban” everything that suggests themes they are not happy with. And I have to wonder… have any of them read the bible, or the koran? Now there’s a rich field for the censors, indeed.

  4. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau July 27, 2015 10:51 am

    “Whatever Trump has said on immigration is not more dismaying than the fact that the U.S. has for decades paid no respect to its own borders. A nation that does not respect its own territorial integrity, and protect the idea and status of citizenship as its first value, cannot expect others to respect it.”

    This article is so loaded with collective-speak that it is difficult to get anything sensible from it.

    I don’t see why the censors don’t just go whole hog and get up some book burnings. We might crucify the effigy of Gutenberg for an encore.

    Fortunately most people (or enough people at any rate) don’t take this seriously. Want Dante? Read him on the Internet…

  5. Pat
    Pat July 27, 2015 3:08 pm

    Right, it’s not a problem; in my County, I haven’t seen one Hispanic, let alone a bunch. (And since I don’t vote anyway, both Red and Blue outnumber me every 4 years.)

  6. jed
    jed July 27, 2015 3:43 pm

    There are a lot of classics I haven’t read. Don’t suppose I ever will, either. Some, I think I should, e.g. The Prince. Heck, I’m not keeping up with what I think I should read by modern authors.

    Really, not related, but that tote-it thingy made me think of this story about a bathtub named ‘Sheila’. Also, read that, initially, as “all-terain cat carrier”.

    Speaking of cats, here’s the Super Epic Cats channel on Youtube. Enjoy!

  7. jed
    jed July 27, 2015 4:34 pm

    Mike Vanderboegh linked to Minority Wars: Why The Next Ten Years Will Set Everyone Against Everyone, which I think makes many good points. And what Shel posted ties into that, I think, in that it will only exacerbate the situation.

    I’m not opposed to immigration. But I am opposed to the government taking my money via taxation and giving it away. And until the latter is resolved, I have a hard time advocating open borders.

  8. LarryA
    LarryA July 28, 2015 11:37 am

    Recalls, from that standpoint, are very good and people shouldn’t say, ‘oh my goodness I’m hearing a lot of recalls that must mean the quality is going down. The quality isn’t going down, the quality is going up what’s happening is the complexity of the automobiles is increasing greatly,” said Gillette. “Cars up until 25 years ago were relatively simple, cars today are enormously complex.”

    He says it like complexity is a feature, not a bug.

    To go along with that story, here’s an article on how you should wireless everything in your home. What could go wrong?

    “We do not advocate censorship or the burning of books, but… It called for the Divine Comedy to be removed from schools and universities or at least have its more offensive sections fully explained.

    Get your “but” off my Bill of Rights.

    TXCOMT July 28, 2015 6:45 pm

    Naw, not every car, Claire…my Charger and Ram aren’t in the recall, despite being made in the appropriate years. FYI and FWIW.


  10. Claire
    Claire July 28, 2015 7:45 pm

    I was exaggerating slightly for effect. The recall does include roughly 1.4 million vehicles. Glad yours aren’t among them, TXCOMT.

  11. TXCOMT
    TXCOMT July 29, 2015 8:42 pm

    Nobody’s more glad than me…especially since I’ve been bragging about ’em!


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